International Hockey League (1969-1985)
Born: 1969 – IHL expansion franchise.
Moved: July 9, 1985 (Saginaw Generals)
Arena: IMA Sports Arena (4,021)
Team Colors: Royal Blue, Gold and White
- 1969-1975: Frank Gallagher
- 1975-????: Robert Stork, Jack DeYonker, Eugene Chardoul & Bernard McAra
- ????-1985: Eugene Chardoul, et al.
IHL Turner Cup Champions: 1984
The Flint Generals were the long-time minor league hockey franchise for the auto-making city of Flint, Michigan. The club derived its name from the city’s once close association with General Motors. The Generals competed in the International Hockey League against a slate of Rust Belt opponents from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The Generals finest hour came in the spring of 1984. Flint swept the Toledo Goaldiggers in a best-of-7 series to win their first and only Turner Cup championship.
A little over a year later, the Generals left town after a dispute with IMA Sports Arena over weekend playing dates. The Generals moved the Saginaw, Michigan in July 1985. The franchise eventually folded in 1989 after four years in Saginaw.
Flint Generals Memorabilia
Flint Generals Video
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation feature on the Flint Generals from the 1981-82 season